Equi Cool Down products are different, though: all that’s necessary to activate the product’s cooling properties is to get it wet. The water doesn’t even have to be cold – according to Equi Cool Down, the “patent-pending textile technology uses an advanced hyper-evaporative material. When activated, the [material] will drop up to 22 degrees colder than the outside temperature…The cooling effect can last for hours!”
But does it work? I put the Instant Cooling Towel to the test. I ran one half of the towel under cool tap water, then ran the other half under warm water, like you would find outside during a hot day. Within about twenty seconds I couldn’t tell which side I had used warmer water on – both ends of the towel were cool, dramatically cooler than the hot air.
I used the towel for about four hours and it stayed cool the entire time. According to the directions, Equi Cool Down products can stay cool all day; you just have to refresh them with water if they dry out and wave them about in the air to reactivate them. A spray bottle is recommended for easy refreshing.
I was surprised at just how well this product worked and how dramatic its cooling effect was. The towel stayed much cooler than the air, and was refreshing when placed around my neck or on my legs while sitting outside. It’s soft and comfortable, and also folds up easily. It seems quite durable, and according to the directions the towel can be either hand- or machine-washed. Best of all, it’s reusable!
Since I live in the humid climate of New England, the fact that Equi Cool Down products are unimpeded by humidity (actually, it probably helps them stay cool longer) is a big advantage. Some products rely on evaporation to cool the human or horse, which is slowed on days of high humidity.
I can think of countless ways that Equi Cool Down products can benefit both horses and riders. They’re safe to use directly against skin, and are wonderfully comfortable. Being able to activate them with even the warm water that you might have in a water bottle makes them easily transportable – keeping this towel in your show bag or saddle bags could really pay off if either you or your horse get overheated while away from home.
Plus, Equi Cool Down makes products specifically for horses, including a body wrap, a leg wrap, and a neck wrap. These would be ideal for horses with anhidrosis, as well as for just about any horse. Whether cooling your horse down on a hot day or applying cold therapy, the flexibility of these products, the ease of activation, and the lasting effects make them great to have on hand.
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